Buena Vista International Television
Buena Vista International Television was the international distribution arm of Walt Disney Television established in 1985 to produce non-American series and distribute all Disney-owned libraries around the world. In 2007, this division was renamed to "Disney-ABC International Television" after Disney retired the "Buena Vista" brand. It was renamed again in 2011 to "Disney Media Distribution".
1st Logo (1985-1990)
Logo: On a blue background, we see a small yellow logo of the segmented Sleeping Beauty Castle (from the 1985 Walt Disney Pictures logo). Underneath it are the large words "Buena Vista International Television".
Music/Sounds: The chimes from the 1985 Walt Disney Television/Buena Vista Television logo, or the ending theme of the program.
Availability: Ultra rare.
- So far, this has been spotted on a Thames Television airing of Roger Rabbit & the Secrets of Toontown.
- It also appeared on some 1980s international prints of Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers and DuckTales.
2nd Logo (1985, 1987-2005?)
Nickname: "Rainbow Castle"
Logo: Same as the 1985 Walt Disney Television and Buena Vista Television logos, but it reads "Distributed By Buena Vista International, Inc." underneath the castle.
- The gradient background may be black/blue, black/indigo, or black/violet.
- There is a copyright stamp sometimes seen under the logo.
- 1987-1996 versions of this logo have the text slightly curved and in a slightly different font. The word "by" isn't capitalized in this version.
- A 16:9 widescreen version exists.
- Two very rare variants exist, in which the text is in a different font. Also, the word "Inc." is gone in these variants. These versions were used in 1992 and 1996, respectively.
- Another ultra-rare variant exists on Stick with Me, Kid. After a computer-generated turn-around that changes from the 1994 Buena Vista Productions logo to the BVI logo, also in bolder text, but animates as normal. Below the next part is a copyright notice for The Walt Disney Company.
- The BVI text is also bold on Дисней Клуб (the Russian version of Disney Club), but the background is purple, both logos are animated and not divided into parts and the logos animate as normal.
- On Kelab Disney Malaysia, the text on the bottom is just copyright info for the program, and changes three times:
Buena Vista International Inc.
© (Year) Buena Vista International, Inc.
© (year) All Disney Elements
The Walt Disney Company
- On Playhouse Disney Australia, the text is once again exclusively a copyright notice like with the Kelab Disney Malaysia variant but is all placed within to the bottom of the logo rather than each bit of the text being displayed separately. The logo is also displayed in a 16:9 widescreen ratio in this case as well.
FX/SFX: The spark flying, and the text fading. Other times (mainly the 1987-1996 version of this logo due to it following the Touchstone Television logo), it's still.
Music/Sounds: Normally, ether silence, the end theme of the show or the same ascending pings as the Walt Disney Television logo at the time.
- On some occasions, the Buena Vista Television and/or Touchstone Television logo themes are used.
- On many episodes of Mummies Alive! airing in Europe, the 3rd music of the 2nd Claster Television logo is used, due to sloppy plastering.
- Disney+ prints of Smart Guy play the finishing of the warped 1987 Walt Disney Television music, but silent afterward.
Availability: Common. Appears on a majority of Disney-owned material at the time, mostly international prints.
- This can generally be found on various Touchstone/Walt Disney Television series on DVD such as The Golden Girls (some episodes may use the 1998 logo), Home Improvement, Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, TaleSpin, some late season 1 and early season 2 episodes of DuckTales, and Ellen, as well as some episodes of Goof Troop on the Volume 1 DVD set.
- It is still seen on various Disney-owned programs and movies whenever aired on their overseas channels or affiliates.
- It can also be found at the ends of The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again and Midnight Madness on the region 1 DVD releases, as well as some Touchstone Home Entertainment DVD releases with What About Bob? being one of them.
- This appears on original prints of all episodes of Marsupilami even in North America, and also appears on the videocassette releases. It surprisingly appears on home video prints of Frankenpooh, whereas most The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh videocassettes of the era use the standalone Walt Disney Television variant.
- This is also seen on various Disney/Touchstone/Hollywood Home Entertainment region 2 PAL DVD releases at the ends of A Goofy Movie (only on some prints), The Three Musketeers, The Journey of Natty Gann, and possibly Deep Rising.
- It also appeared on various international non-American prints of DIC Entertainment shows produced during the time when Disney owned the studio, as such this appeared on The Wacky World of Tex Avery, Mummies Alive!, Sabrina: The Animated Series and Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century (Excluding the UK). These are sometimes retained on modern prints of these respective prints. It also appeared on some rebroadcasts of Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? and Double Dragon.
- The 1992 logo is extremely rare, only appearing on The Grand Opening of Euro Disney.
- The 1996 variant can be found on the Ellen episode "Two Mammograms and a Wedding" on the season 3 DVD.
- The 1995 version of this logo was seen on Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network airings of Circle of Deceit.
- Recently, it was spotted on several Dead Man's Gun episodes on ThisTV (followed by the 2008 MGM Worldwide Television Distribution logo), but the Alliance DVD releases don't retain it.
- It is surprisingly retained on current prints of episode 5 of Clerks: The Animated Series (including a El Rey Network broadcast, which was speedup with the ending theme playing over it due to time compression), before the short 2011 Miramax logo.
- It strangely plasters the Touchstone Pictures logo at the start of a 1992 Finland broadcast of Cocktail.
- It also appeared on one episode of Empty Nest when it aired on Laff.
- After 2000, appearances were reduced to appearing on in-house Disney programmes like The Disney Club in Russia and Malaysia and the Australian Playhouse Disney TV series that aired on the Seven Network. However, this always isn't the case, as it can be oddly seen at the end of some older fullscreen prints of Cadet Kelly (2002), while others, mainly widescreen prints of the film, have the next logo.
3rd Logo (1989-1990?)
Logo: Same as the Buena Vista Productions logo used, but all the text apart from "Buena Vista" then fades away, with Distributed by fading on the top, and International, Inc. below in a gray font.
FX/SFX: Just the text fading.
Music/Sounds: The end theme to the special.
Availability: Extinct. The only known use of this logo was on a Christmas episode of the French TV series Disney Parade called "Disney Parade Spécial Noél" ("Disney Parade Christmas Special"), which aired on TF1 on December 24, 1989. Might have been used on other episodes from this time period.
4th Logo (1998-2006)
Nickname: "The Blue Castle"
Logo: We see the finished 1985 Walt Disney Pictures logo (in the scheme of the 1990 Walt Disney Television logo), sans the text "WALT DiSNEY PICTURES" and the segmented circular line (which would later be drawn). Then the following text fades in:
As it does, the circular line is drawn over the castle, but slower and differently.
- Sometimes, the 1987 Walt Disney Television logo (or the 2003 Walt Disney Television Animation logo) would animate at first, then just after the circular line is drawn, the text "Distributed By Buena Vista International Inc." would cross-fade in.
- Like the previous logo, This logo would come in either the standard 4:3 version or the widescreen 16:9 version.
- A cropped (or stretched, in some cases) widescreen 16:9 version is used on most widescreen prints.
- There is also an open matte and true widescreen 16:9 version.
FX/SFX: The name fading and the spark animating. Other times (on some Touchstone Television shows), it's a still logo.
Music/Sounds: Silent (mainly on the standalone logo), the finishing of the 1987 Walt Disney Television theme (which is high-toned for PAL prints), or the finishing of the end title theme of any show.
- On a Disney Junior Canada airing of a Stanley episode, the logo had the music from the Cartoon Pizza and the 2001 Playhouse Disney Originals logo. This could be because of a bad plaster error.
- On an international airing of a That's So Raven episode, the logo had the music of the 2002 Disney Channel Originals logo. This also could be a bad plaster error.
- On an early international airing of the That's So Raven episode, "Driven To Insanity", the logo had the music of the 2000 Disney Channel Originals logo (Oddly, the episode was apart of season 1 which used the 2002 music). This could be due to a lousy plaster error.
- The full 1988 WDT theme was also used on the standalone logo, due to yet another plastering error.
- Overseas airings of the final season of The Golden Girls also played the 1985 WDT/BVTV "Rainbow Castle" theme on both the Touchstone logo and this one, once again due to a plastering error.
Availability: Common. As with the above, it appears on many international prints of any Disney, Touchstone, ABC, and Buena Vista Television shows and Disney-owned movies on cable networks like Showtime and SundanceTV.
- This can also be seen on 1986-87, 1988-89 and some 1991-92 episodes of The Golden Girls on the DVD sets, reruns of Smart Guy on Family Channel Canada (plastering the Walt Disney Television logo on some episodes).
- Disney Channel USA airings of the Disney Channel Original Movie, Pixel Perfect has this at the end.
- This logo (with the WDTA logo) has been spotted on a May 24, 2018 Disney XD USA airing of the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Phoon", probably due to using an international print of the latter episode (a similar case happened with the 2000 Walt Disney Television logo on the episode “Topper” on the aforementioned channel, also a result of using an international print of some sort).
- More recently, this logo was spotted on certain episodes of My Wife & Kids, currently on VH1 (and previously on MTV2, but they don't air the show at the moment), but it doesn't appear on Fuse and Aspire airings of the show.
- It appears at the end of Mimic 3: Sentinel (Dimension Films production) on the Lionsgate Mimic Blu-Ray triple feature set (and the 2020 Paramount Pictures reprint of it), before the 2011 short/silent Miramax logo. This is also retained on Crackle's print and even a Comet broadcast.
- It is also rumored this appears on some Mill Creek and Kino Lorber Blu-Ray releases of Touchstone/Hollywood Pictures titles such as Takin' Care Of Business, Mr. Destiny, Tough Guys, The Puppet Masters, Deep Rising, and possibly others.
- This made a surprise appearance on a SundanceTV airing of the My So-Called Life episode "Life of Brian".
- The short animated silent variant is extremely rare, but it can be found at the end of the video release of The Book of Pooh: A Valentine for Eeyore, not from the main show itself, but instead of a Rolie Polie Olie episode that appeared after the program. It appears after the end credits.
- It also appeared on later international, non-American airings of DIC Entertainment-produced shows. This logo was used on Sonic Underground, Archie's Weird Mysteries, and season 3 of The New Adventures of Madeline. This also appeared on a 2002 Channel 5 UK airing of Madeline: Lost in Paris. It made a surprise appearance on the UK Prism Leisure DVD release of Inspector Gadget's Last Case, as well as a German DVD of the same movie. This is sometimes retained on some TV airings and on DVDs. It was also seen on Boomerang UK airings of the original Inspector Gadget after the DiC/Saban/Fox Kids logos.
- On Non-Disney acquired shows, this logo appeared on international airings of RoboRoach, Gadget & the Gadgetinis and the first season of the French dub of Sonic X (Jetix Europe dubbed the series in the country)
- In a bizarre case in terms to third-party shows, this is also seen on Treehouse Direct Brazil prints of The Fairly OddParents (Viacom owns the series, but the series also aired on some Disney Channel's overseas as Nelvana distributes the first 4 seasons and season 5 before "Mooving Day" outside the United States, a possible reason why this logo appeared).
- This was also spotted at the end of a Bulgarian airing of the 2001 TV movie Three Days.
- It can be also seen on the last two seasons of Alias on The Roku Channel, Fox Corporation's Tubi, as well as on Disney+'s prints of the said show overseas (although the first two seasons cut this and the Touchstone Television logo before it, strangely).
5th Logo (2003-2006)
Nickname: "The White Castle"
Logo: Similar to the last logo, we see the same Castle, but in white, on a more lighter blue background. Below the castle is the text:
Below that is a byline reading "Servicing the Distribution of this Programme". the spark flies over the castle a little slower.
- On Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, the text is a little smaller and the castle is a little bigger (while the byline and text are also close together).
- There is a very rare bylineless version.
FX/SFX: The spark animating.
Availability: Rare. It only appears on international prints of ex-Saban programs, SIP Animation shows, Fox Kids/Jetix co-productions, ex-TVS Television programs, as well as then-newer Fox Kids/Jetix shows distributed by BVIT, Other than that, pretty much anything owned by ABC Family Worldwide at the time will likely feature this.
- In terms of Fox Kids Europe/Jetix Europe acquired shows airing on those respective networks, this logo almost never appears, rather appearing on DVD releases and free-TV airings of these shows.
- On SIP Animation-produced programs, this logo appears on the second season of What's with Andy?, The Tofus, and the first season of W.I.T.C.H. (The UK DVD releases don't have the logo at all).
- Tutenstein sometimes used this logo, alongside Sonic X (although not every DVD release will have it). It might appear on Shaman King as well, although so far it's unknown if it does.
- This also appeared on Power Rangers episodes from this time period, appearing on Dino Thunder, S.P.D. and Majestic Force, even in the United States, although modern prints of these seasons plasters it with the Saban Brands logo.
- Some DVD releases of RoboRoach and Gadget & the Gadgetinis replace the previous logo with this logo.
- The 16:9 version only appears on Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (This is retained on Disney+'s prints, although cropped in 4:3).
- It also appeared on the North American complete boxset of the 1967-1970 Spider-Man series.
- A.T.O.M. - Alpha Teens on Machines doesn't use the logo at all, even on free TV and on DVD releases.
- Weirdly enough, this appeared on mid-2000's airings of Ruth Rendell Mysteries on ITV3 in the UK, and other Television South programs.
- On another weird note, a 2017 True Movies UK airing of A Christmas Reunion had this as well at the end.
- The bylineless version is a tough one, but was spotted at the end of a Bulgarian airing of Chocolat before the 2011 Miramax Films closing logo.
6th Logo (2006-2007)
Nicknames: "The Turning 2-D Castle", "The White Castle II", "Water Castle"
Logo: On a slate blue/purple water-like background, we see a 2-D Disney castle turning from right to center while white lights shine upon the logo. Turning with the castle we see the stacked words, "BUENA VISTA INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION" (in the same alignment as the previous logo) and a Disney copyright stamp underneath. Above the castle is "Distributed by" (or "Servicing distribution of this programme" on Jetix Europe shows) in Arial font.
- Like the previous two logos, this can be seen in either 4:3 or 16:9.
- A 2.35:1 version exists.
FX/SFX: The castle fading in and turning.
Music/Sounds: Silence or the end theme of the show. On sale promos, we hear a drum roll, followed by two rather primitive-sounding synth notes (the second held for longer), ending with a string sounder.
- One episode of Dirt on international airings used the music of the 5th FX Networks logo music due to a reverse plaster error.
- On current prints of the TV movie Model Behavior, the short Walt Disney Television music is heard due to plastering the 1986 WDT and 1995 WDT/BVI logos.
- A season 2 episode of Brandy & Mr. Whiskers uses the full Walt Disney Television music due to plastering the Walt Disney Television Animation logo.
- On an international print of an unknown Hannah Montana episode, the logo has the short 2002 Disney Channel Original theme, due to bad plastering.
- On Japanese prints of W.I.T.C.H., the ascending pings from the Walt Disney Television "Rainbow Castle" logo are heard.
Availability: Uncommon, despite its one-year life span. Like the 2nd and 3rd logos, this is seen on international airings of Disney, ABC, Touchstone TV series and movies, though some international channels may not have this at the end.
- It's seen on some international shows such as Polish airings of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Polish airings of older Disney cartoons which plastered the 2nd and 3rd logos.
- Season 1 episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and My Friends Tigger & Pooh also have this at the end, plastering the Playhouse Disney Originals logo. It also plasters the Disney Channel Originals logo on international prints of WDTA-produced shows at the time, such as season 1 episodes of The Replacements and the final season of Kim Possible, among others.
- This also plastered the Touchstone Pictures and Amblin Entertainment logos on a Christmas Eve airing of Who Framed Roger Rabbit on BBC 2 a few years back.
- It is rumored this appears on a few Mill Creek and Kino-Lorber Blu-Ray releases of Touchstone/Hollywood Pictures titles such as Big Business, Firebirds, Prefontaine, Scenes From a Mall, and possibly others.
- It can be seen at the end of HBO and Cinemax airings of Mr. Destiny (1990).
- The "Servicing the Distribution" version is rarer than the previous logo. It appears on some Jetix Europe co-productions, including series 2 of W.I.T.C.H., Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, and Series 1 of Pucca, the latter of which retains the logo on some official YouTube prints of the series. It's unknown if other shows from this time period, like Oban-Star Racers, used this logo.
- It surprisingly appeared at the end of a Charge! airing of Infernal Affairs before the 2011 Miramax Films closing logo.